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DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

METRO ARTS x BRISBANE FESTIVAL
DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

We’ve teamed up with our legendary neighbours Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Bazaar to bring you two tasty, value-packed dinner packages during our Brisbane Festival 2021 season.

Located in the West Village precinct (less than two minutes-walk from our front doors), it’s the perfect pre-show soiree to complete your night out – minimum organising required!

Package Prices: General $70  / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

Packages are available for the following Brisbane Festival shows:

WeredingoAgapi | Αγαπη & Other Kinds of Love  | This Ain’t No Pussy Show  | Funny Mummies Comedy Gala.

THE DETAILS + HOW TO BOOK

  • Peruse the dining offers below

  • Head to your Brisbane Festival show of choice

  • Select ‘BOOK NOW’ button and your preferred show date

  • You’ll then have the option to choose your preferred dinning option and also General or Concession pricing

  • We’ll complete your booking, to be made 90 minutes prior to your show time

  • For Group bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au – include your name and a contact number and our Ticketing staff will be in touch.

DINING OPTION 1:
CHEEKY POKE BAR | DINNER + SHOW

If you’ve been craving Cheeky Poke Bar’s famous signature tacos, poke bowls or scrumptious bone broth soups, we’ve got you covered!

Package includes:

  • Metro Arts x Brisbane Festival show ticket

Choice of:

  • Signature Poke Bowl
  • Main Serving of Signature Tacos
  • Signature Soup

PLUS any drink on the menu (excluding cocktails)

TOTAL COST:
General $70*  / Concession $63* / Groups 6+ $63* 

*+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

See full menu for details on menu choices above.

DINING OPTION 2:
BEIRUT BAZAAR| DINNER + SHOW

Boasting succulent shawarma and sambousek, this authentic Lebanese menu has been designed with friends and family in mind – best enjoyed when shared.

Package includes:

  • Metro Arts x Brisbane Festival show ticket

Choice of:

  • Chicken Shawarma
  • Lamb Shawarma
  • Veggie Shawarma

Plus one serving of a choice of Hot Mezza pastry: 

  • Safiha – Meat
  • Sambousek – Meat
  • Sambousek – Cheese
  • Fatayer Spinach

PLUS a complimentary glass of House Red or House White wine

TOTAL COST:
General $70*  / Concession $63* / Groups 6+ $63* 

*+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

See full menu for details on menu choices above.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane International Film Festival
With a special in-person introduction by Wesley Enoch, AM

This remarkable film documentary celebrates the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic performing arts company: Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is a historically important film that takes the viewer through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth. It recognises Bangarra’s early founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned the newly born dance group into one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.

Through the eyes of the Page brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma and crucially, the extraordinary power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.

This special community screening is made possible by Metro Arts in partnership with Brisbane International Film Festival. The film will be introduced by Metro Arts patron and star of the film Wesley Enoch AM.

“What an experience. What a joy. I’ve watched it twice, and on both occasions emerged deeply moved..” – ★★★★★ The Guardian

DATES

Thu 22 Jul, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE | Registration essential

DURATION

2 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable ages 15+. Mature themes and coarse language.

Metro Arts respects First Nations communities and cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this film may contain the images, voices, and names of deceased people.

AWARDS | NOMINATIONS

  • Finalist AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CONFERENCE (Best Feature Documentary)

  • Winner AACTA (Best Documentary Award)

  • Winner ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Feature Documentary Award)

  • Winner ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Inaugural Change Award)

  • Nominated AACTA (Best Editing in Documentary)

  • Nominated AACTA (Best Sound in a Documentary)

CREDITS

Directors
Nel Minchin
Wayne Blair

Producer
Ivan O’Mahoney

Co-Producer
Nel Minchin

Executive Producer
Ivan O’Mahoney
Nial Fulton

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

By Natasha Veselinovic & Chloe Taylor

Presented by Metro Arts & The Local Lesbians

But you don’t look gay?

Lesbian Love Stories is a concert-style cabaret performed by three local lesbians and one rockin’ pianist.

Featuring anonymous true tales of love from across the globe, this heart-warming performance is delivered through song and speech by powerhouse women with vocals to match.

Stories will be shared, drinks may be split, and we promise not to tell anyone how you smudged your lipstick…

Don’t miss this new honest and fun show, with an awkward moment (or three) thrown in for good measure.

DATES

Fri 23 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains adult themes and sexual references.

THE ARTISTS

Natasha Veselinovic
Natasha Veselinovic is musical theatre performer, writer, and visual artist. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre (Griffith University). Her previous theatre credits include, Cover Madame Thenardier, in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables (Asia and Dubai tours), The Railway Children (Alex Parker Theatre Company, Cadogan Hall, London), The Girls From Oz (London Hippodrome, and Live at Zedel, London), Woman 2, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Australian Premiere), Claire, UniReach (Australian Regional Tour), and Killer Queens (Brisbane Powerhouse). Natasha has co-written and performed in three cabarets – Villains (Brisbane Powerhouse & QACI), Once Upon A Time (Toulouse Lautrec, London), and Lesbian Love Stories (Brisbane Powerhouse & RPAC).

Chloe Taylor
Chloe Taylor graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a BMus (Musical Theatre) in 2013. Since then she has performed professionally both nationally and internationally as a singer, dancer, actor and writer. Some theatre credits include – Hold Me Touch Me/The Producers (Brisbane Powerhouse), Ensemble & Dance Captain/State of Origin:The Musical (Princess Theatre), Victor/Victoria/ Six Inches (Brisbane Powerhouse), Blonde/The Girls From Oz (UK tour), Belle/Beauty & the Beast (UK Tour), Cinderella/Cinderella (UK Tour), Vocalist & Dancer/Boy&Girl (Brisbane Powerhouse), Miss Gardner/Carrie (Brisbane Powerhouse). She has also co-created three cabaret shows that she performed in – Villains, (Brisbane Powerhouse & QACI), Once Upon A Time (Toulouse Lautrec, London), and Lesbian Love Stories (Brisbane Powerhouse & RPAC).

Jahla Black
Jahla is a Musical theatre performer and writer. Having only recently graduated in 2020 from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, she is fresh on the scene. Whilst at the Conservatorium she was cast as The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Monica in Elegies and Elphaba in Wicked. Since graduating, Jahla Co-wrote and performed in Committed, Content, Confused, to a sold-out season at the Wynnum Fringe festival. Jahla is stoked to be joining The Local Lesbians for Lesbian Love Stories at Metro Arts.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

By The Architects of Sound & Friends

Presented by Metro Arts

“They do not make music, they are not musicians. They are The Architects of Sound.”

Brisbane’s finest electronic trash trio are bigger, better, and gayer than ever and here to treat your ear holes to some sound.

Sexy, intelligent, thought provoking. Are they all these things? We’ll never know. The only thing that’s for sure: they are downright genius and on the comeback tour of the millennium.

Get intimate with Valencia Low-Fi, Amaro Mayfair and Sutro, as they perform your favourite sonic memoirs from years past. Prepare yourself for classic hits such as “Clap My Beat” and “Titties in Paradise”, and if you’re lucky they may even perform some new works of genius.

As if they haven’t already given you people enough, The Architects have also graciously invited their favourite friends to entertain and delight you.

DATES

Thu 29 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

2 hours with interval

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+. Course language, mild nudity, sonic genius. 

Photo by Georgia Wallace.

THE ARTISTS

The Architects of Sound
The Architects of Sound are an established Brisbane-based alternative, independent electronic trash trio whose native, instrumental sound was forged in a West End garage during a fierce electrical storm in 2012. Maintaining an anti-careerist, anti-music industry attitude, the trio rose to public recognition in early 2013 after a rare underground showcase of a compilation demo-tape went viral on Vine, garnering strong positive critical acclaim in numerous underground Brisbane music zines. Regarded for their minimalist, stripped-down vocal style, meditative and organic post-electro anthems and low-fi music aesthetic, the trio have released their EP The Holy Trinity (2016), and begun work on their second debut album ARTFAP to be released exclusively through Limewire; a sonic exploration of the abstract concepts of divinity, desire and sacrifice in contemporary art culture.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

THE MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

In 1913 Marcel Duchamp created the work Bicycle Wheel, a work that changed the course of contemporary art by elevating ordinary objects to the status of art. 

In 2021, after 10 successful years and four million trips, the Brisbane CityCycle program is ending. In a fascinating new Metro Arts Commission, our retired CityCycles are reimagined by artists Ross Manning, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Aishla Manning and Sarah Poulgrain, in collaboration with young people through Traction.

The pieces will be shown across Metro Arts’ galleries as a reflection of both art history and the urgent issues of the need for environmental awareness and sustainability.

View catalogue here

DATES

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Sep, 2021

OPENING EVENT

Sat 4 Sep, 4pm

EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS

Mondays  8am – 5pm
Tuesdays – Fridays  8am – 10pm
Saturdays  10am – 10pm
Sundays  10am – 4pm

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE

THE ARTISTS

Ross Manning

Known for large-scale public artworks, Manning creates kinetic sculptures from everyday materials such as fans, lights and electronics. Showcasing the construction and materials, he produces hypnotic exchanges between light, sound and movement.

Aishla Manning

An interdisciplinary artist working predominantly with video and assembled objects to explore the tensions, absurdity and humour of the everyday. Aishla Manning has exhibited extensively in Queensland and co-founded The Laundry Artspace in 2015.

Kinly Grey

Kinly Grey engages sensory experience and expanded poetics to explore art as affect. Taking form across mediums and placing viewer experience at their centre, Grey’s works often require participation or enactment for their realisation.

Sarah Poulgrain

Poulgrain considers the repercussions of post-work labour autonomy for artists. Working across video installation, ceramics, sewing, animation and audio production, her practice explores the experiences of shame, skill sharing and self-empowerment.

Susan Hawkins

Susan Hawkins creates sculptures and installations from reclaimed industrial and domestic objects. The works consider their forgotten symbolic power while highlighting the symbolic bias of our personal and public surroundings.

Traction

Traction empowers young people to build positive futures through mentoring and hands-on learning designed to build confidence and skills.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WEREDINGO

WEREDINGO

WEREDINGO

Karul Projects

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Come in, grab a biccy and a cuppa. All shapes and kinds are accepted here, this is a safe space – but not your usual support group.

Weredingo offers a fictional world where shapeshifters are hunted for their duality, meeting in secret to safely shift into their animal forms and congregate with their feathered or furry brethren.

This powerful new dance-theatre work combines storytelling with Karul Project’s distinctive contemporary dance style and a dash of humour.  Led by a First Nations team, this story is brought to life alongside beautiful animations by Jake Duczynski of Studio Hackett, and projection by Wirrim Studios.

 

If you’re ready to join the support group, wear your animal loud and proud. Whether fur, fleece or feathers, beaks, claws or tails – all animals and outfits are welcome!

 

DATES

Fri 3 – Sat 11 Sep, 2021

Previews 3 & 4 September, 2021

TIMES

Tue – Sat 7:30pm
Sat 11 Sep 1:30 pm+ 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Previews $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

50 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains haze, strobe lighting and coarse language. 

Image by Mick Richards

THE ARTISTS

Thomas E.S. Kelly  Director/Choreographer
Taree Sansbury  Rehearsal Director/Performer
Benjin Maza and Grayson Millwood  Performers
Selene Cochrane  Costume Designer
Sam Pankhurst  Sound Designer
Chloe Ogilvie  Lighting Designer
Isaac Drandic  Dramaturg
Studio Hackett  Animation 
Videography Wirrim Studio
BlakDance  Producer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Weredingo is produced by BlakDance and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, City of Gold Coast, the City of Melbourne through Arts House, and was developed in the CultureLAB program with the assistance of Creative Victoria. Weredingo has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Queensland Theatre, and is supported by BlakDance, through BlakForm. BlakForm is funded through Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ & Other Kinds of Love

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ & Other Kinds of Love

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ
& OTHER KINDS OF LOVE

Luka Lesson

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

This century-hopping journey with the gods will make you fall in love with love all over again.

Australian poet and rapper, Luka Lesson, will fire up your heart and imagination with this powerful performance on love and affection, accompanied by cinematic scores and hip hop composed by Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s James Humberstone.

Inspired by his Greek heritage, Luka’s poignant poetry delves into selflove, erotic love, the love of strangers, the love of deep friendships and the ultimate agapi in this modern exploration of Plato’s The Symposium.

 

“Luka is masterful in his ability to weave words into heartbreaking, near cinematic life. The only sounds outside the music and the poetry were the gasps of the audience and a well-earned standing ovation.” – SCENESTR MAGAZINE

CANCELLED

Due to the current NSW Covid-19 restrictions and border closures, as a NSW based production, AGAPI & Other Kinds of Love will not be proceeding. All ticket holders have been refunded. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Previews $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* + Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

80 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 12+. This show contains adult themes, haze, sexual references and course language.

Image by Jeff Andersen Jnr

THE ARTISTS

Luka Lesson Creator, Writer, Co-Director, Lead Performer
Vyvienne Abla Executive Producer
Sam Foster Co-Director
James Humberstone Composer 
Greta Kelly
Musician & Vocalist 
Ella Fence Musician & Vocalist 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

By Kate Harman with Toby Angus

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Ever wondered if patriarchy was a pyramid scheme for men?

Kate has, and she ain’t pussying around; she has a boy to raise and he has questions.

Why are you shouting?

Am I really toxic?

How come you can say dick but I can’t say pussy?

Using text, movement, skateboarding, map-making and rap music This Ain’t No Pussy Show takes a poetic and personal dive into the relationship between mother and son.

It’s a messy, wild, unpredictable, and sometimes foolish terrain – this is their map, a navigation of danger and misunderstanding.

 

DATES

Thu 16 – Sat 18 Sep, 2021

NEW SHOW ADDED: Thu 16 Sep

TIMES

Thu + Fri 7:30pm
Sat 3pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains course language, strobe lighting and haze.

THE ARTISTS

Kate Harman – Concept/Direction/Performance
Kate Harman is an Australian dancer and choreographer. She has created and performed in dance, theatre, circus, performative installation and in projects created with amateurs and young people. She is a core member of The Farm, collaborating on works such as Cockfight, The Ninth Wave, Throttle and Helpmann Award winning TIDE. Her practice currently focuses on the notions of authenticity and connection, in the context of performance. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in the contexts such as Dance Massive, Darwin Festival, Bleach Festival, Festival 2018 (for the Commonwealth Games), the United Kingdom through Dance Touring Partnership and GAM, Chile. As a performer she has been nominated for a Greenroom Award and with The Farm won a Helpmann, Drovers and most recently an Australian Dance Award.

Toby Angus – Performer/Collaborator
Toby Angus is an active 16 year old, with a wide range of interests including music, skateboarding, boxing and performing. He trained with The Farm through the Greenhouse program, performing in several projects, the most notable being The Ninth Wave, as part of Bleach Festival 2018. He performed in the opening of Bleach Festival 2017 in the work Horizons with Angels as part of the children’s chorus and his first professional performance was in the work Sundowner by Kage Physical Theatre, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2012. He also featured in the music video, Paint this Land by Busby Marou in 2017. Outside of school he is currently learning guitar, training in boxing and taking voice/singing lessons.

Gavin Webber- Writer & Director
Gavin started dancing late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying. Eventually he decided to start making art instead and joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre and following that Belgian company Ultima Vez. Throughout his career Gavin has worked between Australia and Europe and was Artistic Director of Dancenorth from 2005 to 2009. His present role is as co-Artistic Director of The Farm. He was awarded the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award in 2017, and with The Farm a Helpmann, a Drover’s Award and an Ausdance award. He also had a sandwich named after him in Lucia’s Cafe in Adelaide. Gavin has written text for a number of works over the past 15 years including Cockfight, Lawn, Food Chain & Remember Me as well as for Letzte Welten and You’re a Winner for Theatre Freiburg, Germany. Gavin completed a screenwriting course for AFTRS in 2020.

Min Collie-Holmes – Dramaturg
Melinda (Min) Collie-Holmes graduated from the NIDA Directing Course in 1997 and has worked in a diverse range of roles in both performing arts and community engagement, nationally and internationally over a 20 year professional career. She has worked as an Artistic Director, Director, CEO, Producer, Dramaturg and Strategic planner for a number of Australia’s leading arts and cultural organisations including Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Big h’Art, Contact Inc, Australian Art Orchestra, Darwin Festival, City of Gold Coast, Circa ( Festival 2018) and Bleached Arts. She has extensive directing and dramaturgy experience working with theatre and young people, having worked as the AD/ CEO for Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Sydney. She has delivered a vast range of projects and programs from international collaborations and commissions; to large-scale community projects; to projects that have developed and profiled local artists and arts organisations.

Kate Harman Concept/Direction/Performance

Gavin Webber Writer & Director

Toby Angus Performer/Collaborator

Min Collie-Holmes Dramaturg

Anna Whitaker Composition & Sound Design

Chloe Ogilvie Lighting Design & Production Management

Rozina Suliman Costume & Set Design

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This Ain’t No Pussy Show is produced by The Farm with development support from La Boite as part of HWY 2020, and supported by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance through The Makers Program – a commissioning project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Regional Arts Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland; and proudly supported by HOTA Home of the Arts. Additional support from WOW Australia.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE MAKING OF MEN

THE MAKING OF MEN

THE MAKING OF MEN

WOW (Women of the World) Australia

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

How can we overturn cultural pressures and traditions, and raise men who are happy, emotionally secure, capable of love and tears? 

As every parent will attest, somewhere along the way, loving little boys learn a whole set of rules about what it takes to be a man – often with disastrous consequences for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.

How can we overturn this cultural pressure and tradition, and raise men who are happy, emotionally secure, capable of love and tears? Bystander trainer Michael Jeh will lead this conversation with men making this change, including journalist David Leser, Men4Respect Coordinator for YFS Andrew Taukolo, and newly appointed MATE Ambassador Rhys Carroll.

This event is AUSLAN Interpreted. 

DATES

Sat 18 Sep, 2021

TIMES

4:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $20 + booking fee
Concession $15 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

75 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Adam Waters

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

Based on the book by Karen Lee Roberts

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Created by inclusive theatre company indelabilityarts, Wilbur the Optical Whale is a fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Using alternative storytelling methods, including interactive media with integrated Auslan, circus, music, movement and spoken word, this heartwarming production delivers a strong anti-bullying message and promotes acceptance.

All performances are relaxed allowing audiences to engage with the work on their own terms in a calm and inviting ‘underwater’ setting.

UNDERWATER SEA-SQUAD WORKSHOP

After purchasing tickets to a performance of Wilbur the Optical Whale you will receive an invitation to attend a FREE Underwater Sea-Squad Workshop prior to the show. Children choose an underwater sea creature to create using a variety of visual art methods, textures and colours while exploring themes of kindness, empathy and celebrating difference. When they attend the show, they will see their photographed artwork incorporated into the performance, and will know that they had a part to play in creating the magical underwater world of Wilbur the Optical Whale.

Book one of the Wilbur performances to receive your workshop invitation!

Workshop 1: Tue 21 Sep 11am
Artwork created in Workshop 1 will be included in the performances on Wed 22 Sep & Thu 23 Sep.

Workshop 2: Thu 23 Sep 2:30pm
Artwork created in Workshop 2 will be included in the performances on Fri 24 Sep & Sat 25 Sep.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

Wed – Sat 10:30am
Thu & Sat 1pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

45 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 3+. All performances will be relaxed and spaces will support needs of audiences. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Nick Morrissey

THE ARTISTS

Karen Lee Roberts Writer 
Catarina Hebbard Director 
Chancie Jessop & Jessica Bennett Set & Costumes Designers
Lee Evans AV design
Phil Hagstrom  Composer / Sound Designer
Elise Greig – Dramaturg
Clint Bolster Physical theatre performance

Performers:
Alexandra Ellen, Jack Rebbeck, Rebecca Alexander, Michel Labosse, David Waldie, Karen Lee Roberts, Davy Sampford, Kelsey Adams.

indelabilityarts
indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental wellbeing of participants through our workshop series that offer ongoing
skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Wilbur the Optical Whale is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queenslandthe Federal Government through the Department of Social Services; Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program, Brisbane City Council, Flipside Circus, Civic Solutions and the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

By Jenny Wynter

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Four hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show.

Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter with award-winning comedian and mother of six, Jenny Wynter, for a smashing evening of comedy.

Launched with a mission to improve mothers’ mental health through laughter, Wynter has assembled some of Australia’s funniest comedians who also happen to have birthed loin fruit.

Joined by Kat Davidson, Bron Lewis and Jo Gowda, it’s tales of epic mothering fails, the crap parts of parenthood, and ever-relatable domestic dramas in two hours of comedic relief.

You’ll cackle, you’ll shriek, you’ll make like Patrick Swayze and have the time of your life.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

THE ARTISTS

Jenny Wynter
Jenny Wynter is an award-winning comedian who has performed at festivals and venues all over the world. She got her start training in improvised comedy with some of the greatest teachers in the world including with Second City USA and Loose Moose Theatre in Canada. Her awards include Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival NYC, the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe She won the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Award for her web series concept “Viking Mama!” (based on her live show of the same name), and is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Cabaret Writing. Jenny is a passionate mental health advocate and the founder of Funny Mummies™.

Kat Davidson
Seeing Kat on stage is like visiting an old friend you haven’t met yet. She’s shared the stage with the world’s best comics (Stephen K Amos, Steven Wright, Dave Hughes to shamelessly name drop a few), tamed a shed full of drunk miners, kept a 17 year marriage off the rocks and is currently being parented by her five year old. She can be heard regularly across Queensland ABC radio and has headlined the best clubs in Australia and Canada. She is also the co-producer of the highly successful Ladies Comedy Nights in Brisbane, can regularly be found at sea performing for huge crowds on P&O Cruise ships and enjoyed sell out seasons of her original show Untidy at the 2012 Brisbane Comedy Festival and husband and wife co-production He Said, She Said (with husband Stav Davidson) at Wonderland Festival.

Bron Lewis
Bron Lewis has recently escaped the bin-fire that is Melbourne, and has taken the Brisbane comedy scene by storm. A state finalist for Raw Comedy, and a four-time champion of The Moth Storytelling competition, Bron is a natural on the stage. Her passion for comedy is palpable, as is her sheer relief of having a night off mothering her three small kids. This woman will make you laugh – you can bet your bottom dollar on that.

Jo Gowda
Jo is an Indian born Australian stand up comic. As a RAW comedy finalist in 2019 and 2020, Jo will disarm you with her quick wit and cheeky sense of humour. Jo uses her humour to break barriers, shatter stereotypes and incite thought. you’ll find her humour relatable, amusing and sprinkled with dry wit. She describes herself as Australia’s second best import (after cricket of course).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

The much-loved Restrung Festival returns in 2021 bringing audiences a banquet of boundary-pushing, strings-driven music and art.

The three-day program features a dazzling program of celebrated and emerging talent, packed with bespoke events, unique collaborations and bold new works.

In addition to genre-bending performances, audiences can immerse themselves in installations created by Pat Hoffie, Leah Barclay and more. Expect joyous explorations, spontaneous art making, and a musical smorgasbord of the new, the raw and the beautiful.

PERFORMANCES

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

+ WELCOME TO COUNTRY BY AUNTY DELMAE BARTON

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

In this moment of pure catharsis, Topology offers a collective release to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

Known for their evocative, pulse-driven and unorthodox mix of piano, strings and sax, Topology has been surprising audiences with their distinct sound since 1997. 

In Killing Music, Topology will indulge in a moment of catharsis; expressing the fury and frustration built up over 18 months of social disruption. Featuring iconic pieces from Topology’s extensive repertoire, Killing Music offers a collective release – a cleansing primal scream to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

 

DATE

Thu 14 Oct, 2021

TIME

6pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

90 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

THE ARTISTS

Topology

Founded in 1997, Topology is now established as a leader of creativity in the Arts in Australia, creating new original work, collaborating across style and artform boundaries and building creativity in young people and communities while strengthening the vibrancy of a collegial arts scene. WIth over 24 years of accumulated original repertoire and an insatiable drive to create new work, Topology has a well-established reputation for experimenting with surprising combinations of genres, theatrical staging and cross art form collaboration to create thought-provoking music experiences for audiences of all ages, backgrounds and tastes. Formerly Resident Artists at Brisbane Powerhouse for 18 years, Topology has an extensive discography of 16 Albums, has produced countless evening-length works and before COVID, toured extensively nationally and internationally.

Topology are famous for the breadth and depth of their collaborations. Undaunted by stylistic barriers, the quintet has created stunning new work with partners in theatre (Geoffrey Rush, Neil Armfield, Queensland Theatre Company), classical music (the Brodsky Quartet, the Southern Cross Soloists), contemporary art music (Terry Riley, Speak Percussion), dance (Expressions Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Jody Oberfelder), puppetry (Dead Puppet Society), contemporary jazz (Trichotomy, Loops), popular songwriting (Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan), comedy (the Kransky Sisters, Gerry Connolly), Asian music (Dheeraj Shrestha, Ubiet) and Indigenous Australian music (William Barton).

Featuring

John Babbage
Christa Powell
Robert Davidson
Therese Milanovic
Bernard Hoey

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

Featuring Aunty Delmae Barton with Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Samuel Pankhurst

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Hope’s Beautiful Symphony presents a sonic landscape drawing on Bidjara Elder Auntie Delmae’s childhood in and around Emerald.

Mixed with the evocative, shimmering colours of pianist Erik Griswold, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, and bassist Samuel Pankhurst, expect a slow-moving meditation in sound, memories and newly discovered improvisatory futures.

This band all live within five kilometres of each other, and first came together early in the pandemic for weekly jams in the studio below Erik and Vanessa’s house. What at first was a musical outlet for four frustrated musicians in lockdown, became a band of friends exploring new musical languages.

 

DATE

Thu 14 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

THE ARTISTS

Aunty Delmae Barton

Widely recognized as Australia’s Dreamtime Opera Diva, Delmae Barton is a prolific solo artist whose collaborated both nationally and internationally with musicians and composers for a range of strong perfomances and events including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
 

Erik Griswold

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised and experimental forms. The recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants Erik’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among others.
 

Samuel Pankhurst

A composer, producer, double bassist and curator, Samuel Pankhurst’s work can be heard across film, dance and TV as well as that of his group Yirinda with Badtjala songman Fred Leone across Australia.
 

Vanessa Tomlinson

A percussive artist and Professor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Vanessa Tomlinson explores how sound shapes our lives. After touring the world for 25 years and with a history in experimental music, her work considers how we listen; awakening our ears to new sounds in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

In addition to genre-bending performances, immerse yourself in visual installations created by Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell, Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell and Velvet Pesu.

ARCANA FOR A SEASON OF SEPARATION

By Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell

As the backdrop to performances during Restrung Festival, Arcana for a Season of Separation is an immersive installation work that has emerged from the deep commitment from each of the artists involved in this project to use their art to cut through the separations and barriers of this current “Season of Separation”.  It is, in equal parts, a project of mourning and of celebration – both underscored by a core of hope.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

Various Times | New Benner Theatre
FREE

ANNIHILATION

By Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell

This immersive sound installation embodies the anxiety of the present and likely futures of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the second in a trilogy of works which explore an interdisciplinary approach to sound as measure for biodiversity and affective call to action. Hydrophone (underwater) recordings of the reef are played through stringed instruments with transducers and augmented by improvised responses allowing them to translate the sounds of the reef into a familiar emotive auralities. Through cultural symbols of powerful but abstracted affect, this work explores the reality of destruction, death, and imminent annihilation of global underwater ecosystems.

14 – 16 OCT | Throughout festival
Factory Lane | FREE

BEING SKY MOUNTAIN

Velvet Pesu (living art installation)

Velvet’s rare contralto voice and innate sense of spirit is core to Being Sky Mountain. An avid collector of organic and recycled elements she is a living archive of songs and vocal rhythms from ancient traditions. Velvet aims to engage, challenge perceptions and inspire transformation through a rich tapestry of culture and sound. She is motivated by the opportunity to explore, improvise and collaborate whilst promoting authentic positive change through the coordination of inclusive, non judgmental art.

14 – 16 OCT | Various times – Roaming
Factory Lane | FREE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

DOTS+LOOPS

DOTS+LOOPS

DOTS+LOOPS

With Connor D’Netto, Kieran Welch and Flora Wong

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

For one night only, join Dots+Loops Directors Kieran Welch, Connor DNetto and Flora Wong as they share some of their favourite contemporary works for strings and electronics.

With a history of inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show, Dots+Loops has been sharing adventurous and thought-provoking live art with audiences since 2014.

In this bespoke performance, they’ll discuss what drew them to performing, composing and presenting contemporary and post-genre music and live art.

DATE

Fri 15 Oct, 2021

TIME

6:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

Kieran Welch
Kieran is the founder and Artistic Director of the post-genre  concert series Dots+Loops, inclusively exploring the spaces inbetween a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig,  and an experimental art show. Though trained in classical viola from an early age, as this classical  education progressed into a profession, Kieran increasingly spent  the time away from his instrument building skills as a DJ, heading  to music festivals, and working as an indie rock and electronica  music journalist. Dots+Loops emerged from a quest to merge  these previously separate artistic aspects of his life, and combined  with the rise of a burgeoning community of post-genre musicians  in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, the series has now seen  five years of unique live art experiences, acclaimed by critics,  audiences and artists alike. 

Flora Wong
Australian violinist Flora Wong is a musician who is drawn to the  intersections between different disciplines of music-making.  Equally at home coaxing virtuosic Baroque figurations out of gut strings as she is playing polyrhythms alongside a drum kit, she is  fast becoming a go-to collaborator for contemporary and cross genre projects in Brisbane (Turrbal/Jagera land). She is a member  of Brisbane-based new music septet Nonsemble, Associate  Director of post-genre concert series Dots+Loops, and a lecturer  in contemporary violin at JMC Academy. She works closely with  Brisbane composer Chris Perren, premiering many of his works in  Australia and internationally, and has given the Australian  premiere performances of works by Kate Moore, Missy Mazzoli,  and Judd Greenstein.

Connor D’Netto
Connor D’Netto has been described as “the model contemporary  Australian composer” by ABC Classic FM. His music balances  rhythmic drive, heartfelt lyricism drawn from his background as a  vocalist, textures expanding the limits of instrumental sound, and  delicate incorporation of electronic elements. 
In 2021 The Australian listed Connor as one of their “21 Hottest  Creative Artists of 2021”. In 2019, Connor was Composer-In Residence of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, youngest  in the Festival’s history. He has held residencies with prolific New  York new-music collective Bang On A Can and with the Melbourne  Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded prizes including an  APRA Art Music Fund Award and the Brisbane City Council Lord  Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dots+Loops is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund and are an Affiliate of the Unviersity of Queensland School of Music.

Restrung Festival and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

DREAMING IN THE SAND

DREAMING IN THE SAND

DREAMING IN THE SAND

Composed by Robbie James | Performed by the Bentley String Quintet

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Renowned Brisbane ensemble Bentley String Quintet teams up with GANGgajangs Robbie James to premiere his new work, Dreaming In The Sand.

Across three acts performed by the Bentley String Quintet, Dreaming In The Sand explores Australia before the coming of the First Fleet from the perspective of the animals; then the journey and arrival of the ships and the resulting tragedies told from the viewpoint of convict Suzannah; and finally a visualised present day where all Australians are held to the same standard, whether their identity is defined by the landscape or not.

The ancient “Songlines” are a protected national treasure, their significance in our country’s history and ongoing story is fundamental to who we are as a nation.

Dreaming In The Sand pays homage to all those displaced, past and present.

DATE

Fri 15 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

Robbie James

Brisbane-based Robbie James has been GANGgajang’s guitarist and one of the band’s songwriters and producers since 1985.  He has also released three solo albums: Suzannah Suite, Secrets In The Sand and 24 Hours A Night. Robbie was inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

GANGgajang GANGgajang’s songs were an integral part of the music revolution of the 1980s. The timeless Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia) is one of the all-time classic Australian songs.

Yothu Yindi Robbie played guitar with Yothu Yindi for five years after joining them in Brazil 2001 when they and GANGgajang toured the country together.

Scattered People Since 2012, Robbie has been a member of Scattered People, a group of musicians who rose out of the Brisbane Asylum Seeker Centre in 1998. He produced and co-wrote their third album Sugarmill Road of which the documentary Scattered People (released during Refugee Week 2021) is based upon.

Classical Robbie’s arrangement of Sounds Of Then was performed by the SYO at the NSW Premier’s Luncheon in 2001, and again at the London Paralympics in 2012.  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

Threadbare Entanglement by Tess King + Voltfruit with Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Restrung Festival presents this special double-bill performance by electronic voyagers Tess King and Voltfruit.

Threadbare Entanglement by Tess King 

Combining captivating physical performance, Tess conducts a narrative of sound, telling a story of tangled webs and invisible threads. The hum and thrum of layered sounds will lull you further inwards in this work inspired by the wires of communication and means of interconnectedness we live by these days. At its center lays a conductor, waving motions of grandeur to desperately perpetuate the web. An impression of self and the fraught struggle of disparate harmonies. Projections of abstract shapes and motions ensnare you into a world of tilting balances. Beware the spider that weaves her web.

Voltfruit with Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel

Voltfruit is a Brisbane-based experimental music duo consisting of Flora Wong (strings/electronics) and Luke Cuerel (winds/synths/electronics). They draw on their collective experience and training in classical, jazz and contemporary music, combining improvisatory and compositional techniques and exploring the interaction between acoustic and electronic sounds. They enjoy collaborating with other musicians and creating cross-disciplinary work with other artists, and have a keen interest in the sound environments and histories of places and making site-specific works incorporating samples and field recordings.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

2pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

Tess King

Through the crucible of university, Tess has emerged eager to experiment. She has recently played with whole body performances utilising wireless devices for audio/visual generation and manipulations. The notion of performance as a whole is exaggerated by confident, flowing motions and bursts of sonic and visual colour. These performances have been executed over the Meanjin (Brisbane) region over the last year. Her practice is expanding to installations of that focus on audience interaction, unique formats and perspectives. Her inspirations stem from noise, impressionism and experimentalism in both art and music, with a high degree of cultivated randomness injected into every event. She focusses on bringing a sense of wholeness to her art that communicates a passion for the weird wonderfulness of life. 

Flora Wong / Voltfruit

Australian violinist Flora Wong (黃芷蕾) is a musician who is  drawn to the intersections between different disciplines of  music-making. Equally at home improvising for strings and electronics as she is punching out polyrhythms opposite a  drum kit, she is a go-to collaborator for new music and  multi-disciplinary projects in Brisbane (Jagera/Turrbal land). She is a member of Brisbane-based ensembles Nonsemble,  Voltfruit, Tango Enigmático, the Sophie Min Orchestra and  Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra and the Associate Director of  Dots+Loops. Her recent projects include Vulcana Circus’  “Seen But Not Her” and Kezia Yap’s “SHARING SPACES”, and  she is currently in the process of recording the four new  Australian violin works that were commissioned as part of  her 2019 project “Geburtstag”. 

Luke Cuerel / Voltfruit

Luke Cuerel is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator  from Brisbane, Australia. His work explores music in unique  contexts; specifically in relation to people, places and events  in Australian life. Luke is currently busy writing, performing and managing projects such as his original jazz quintet, 14-piece ensemble  the “Luke Cuerel Orchestra”, solo electronic project “Expo 88” and regular stints as a sideman for artists such as “Boy  and Bear” and experimental, jazz and improvised music  groups. As a composer and improvisor, Luke has recently been  involved in Soundstream’s Emerging composer forum, and  Tone List’s Sounding Together workshops in Adelaide (SA)  and Perth (WA) respectively. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO
WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Classic trio jazz and funky rhythms make for a spicy bouillabaisse when Brisbane’s legendary David Bentley Trio (DB3) takes the stage, joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio and cellist Danielle Bentley.

Accomplished jazz/blues pianist and composer David Bentley is best-known in Britain as author of In A Broken Dream – a hit for Python Lee Jackson (feat. Rod Stewart) in the 70s and, more recently, as a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap.

In this special Restrung performance, they will be joined by Shenzo Gregorio – a multi-award winning world-renowned jazz and classical violinist/improviser and composer and Danielle Bentley – a classically-trained award-winning cellist and festival curator, specialising in Australian art music.

Legendary Brisbane musicians Andrew Shaw (bass) and Nathan Goldman (drums) make up the rest of this swinging, spirited and multi-faceted lineup featuring Bentley’s originals, timeless standards, quirky blues and New Orleans grooves.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

5:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

David Bentley

David Bentley is an accomplished jazz/blues pianist and composer. As well as being a drawcard in its own right, David’s trio has backed many jazz luminaries – including vibraphonist Milt Jackson, reedman Phil Woods and vocalist Mark Murphy. The trio performs at jazz clubs in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and has been featured at music festivals, including the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Restrung and Brisbane Festival. As a songwriter, David is best-known in Britain as the author of ‘In A Broken Dream’ –  a hit for Python Lee Jackson in the 70s  and, more recently, as a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap.

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is the bassist of choice not only for DB3 but for artists like saxophonist Dave Liebman and guitarist John Scofield.  Shaw performs in genres from jazz to world music and classical.

Nathan Goldman

Nathan Goldman is a tasty and swinging jazz drummer whose style defies easy categorisation. Prominent in the Brisbane jazz scene for the past 18 years, Nathan has performed with interstate and overseas touring artists including Dale Barlow, James Sherlock and Hetty Kate as well as with the West End Composer’s Collective and the Abbreviations Orchestra.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

On Saturday evening, Metro Arts’ outdoor Factory Lane will come alive with free pop-up performances by Zac Sakrewski, Shenzo, Sallianna Seven and Tipping Point.

Start your afternoon with a theatre performance by the legendary David Bentley Trio joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio, and stay for the Closing Night Party with Estampa serving an unbridled journey from a 1930’s Parisian jazz club to the streets of São Paulo.

Laneway performance are free – book tickets for David Bentley Trio and the Closing Night Party with Estampa here.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

6:30 – 8:15pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

THE ARTISTS

Zac Sacrewski

Zac Sacrewski blurs the lines between instrument and perception in his new project, The Architect (and the Creation of Worlds). This is a space where sound worlds are created, lived in and destroyed for indeterminate amounts of time. Utilising the double bass as a tool for infinite expression, The Architect seeks to create worlds brimming with life and energy. Those who listen deeply may transport themselves away from the space where they exist to visit a different, sometimes alien reality.

Shenzo Gregorio

Shenzo Gregorio’s String Universe – violin, electric violin, viola, octave viola, guitar, mandolin, piano, Cajon… they’re all instruments with two things in common… a set of strings and the curator of improvising on them – Shenzo Gregorio. For 23 years Shenzo has taken his set of strings across the globe and when that wasn’t enough he’s also experimented with being suspended by wires while playing violin. The fascination hasn’t ceased with what’s possible, the edges of his string universe only just becoming apparent.

Salliana Seven

Salliana Seven is a freelance multi-instrumentalist with an addiction to weird and wonderful stringed instruments. She usually performs as a side person with artists such as Bernard Fanning and Alex Lloyd. Salliana also made her film debut this year composing and performing the score for Leah Purcell’s feature film The Drovers Wife : The Legend of Molly Johnson

Tipping Point

Take a vibrant journey through a diverse world of cellistic sounds and explore the edges of classical and contemporary timbre with award-winning cellists Danielle Bentley and Oliver Scott. This special performance will feature a collaboration with award-winning Australian-Canadian composer Louise Denson, in her specially Restrung-commissioned work ‘Tipping Point’.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

Featuring Rebecca Karlen, Paul Henderson, John Reeves and Samuel Vincent

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Estampa evokes visions of Parisian laneways, South American sensuality, and the unbridled joy of European folk-music.

Combining a unique blend of violin, voice, piano accordion, guitar, banjo and double bass, expect an eclectic experience that will leave you feeling like youʼve entered a 1930ʼs Parisian jazz club or the streets of São Paulo.

The group features Rebecca Karlen on violin and vocals, Paul Henderson on guitar/banjo, John Reeves on piano accordion and Samuel Vincent on double bass. These well established musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds and together perform an eclectic mix of music, including French jazz and chansons, Brazilian instrumental music, Bossa Nova, Scandinavian and other World Folk music.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

90 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

QUEENSLAND CABARET 2021

QUEENSLAND CABARET 2021

QUEENSLAND CABARET LONG WEEKEND

To celebrate the launch of the February 2022 Queensland Cabaret Festival program – Metro Arts and Queensland Cabaret Festival present Cabaret Long Weekend.

Avoid the road rage, sunburn and queues for the loos and kick off your long weekend with a few days of cool art-conditioned cabaret – unique stories, great songs and top-shelf singers in a short taste of what 2022 has to offer.

So, join us over the new October long weekend, and inoculate your soul with a short, sharp jab of art at the Cabaret Long Weekend!

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards. Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only.

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ÙMBRIEL

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
ÚMBRIEL is an electronic, art-pop powerhouse once described as “Like Enya on Steroids.”

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HUNKY DORY

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Alison St Ledger performs a time capsule of Bowie at his most inspired.

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1971 – THE MUSIC

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Nadia Sunde takes her audience on a journey into the soundtrack of a year that has never really left us.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.  The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

By Josh Daveta & The Sequins

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival and Metro Arts

Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards.

You might know them from Oscar Theatre Co’s Boy&Girl and previous solo shows Teenage Dreams, now cabaret mogul Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only with their show My Funny Valentine.

Featuring the music of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and more, audiences will be in for a vintage experience through the lens of the pop music world for 65 minutes!

 

“A joy to behold” – Stage Whispers

 

“Whether playing the piano or singing, Daveta’s talents are clear…” – Blue Curtains Brisbane

DATES

Fri 29 Oct, 2021

TIME

7:00pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

65 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Josh is a POC & Queer singer/songwriter, actor, musician, writer, producer and cabaret artist. They were a top 75 Australian Idol contestant and has worked with many Australian Talents such as Nancye Hayes, Peter Cousens, Marina Prior, Paulini & Jessica Mauboy as well as rubbing shoulders with the likes of Shoshana Bean, Natalie Weiss & super star Katy Perry (the name dropping is foul, we get it). Over the past seven years they have led the way with cabaret, touring with their critically acclaimed shows Teenage Dreams, My Prerogative and their brand defining return season show Like Mariah. They were also apart of Electric Moon’s 15th Anniversary Hedwig & The Angry Inch concert and In The Warm Room: Songs of Kate Bush and recurring artist for Brisbane Pride. Their staple involvement as festival host for Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and in Brisbane’s phenom, Oscar Production Company’s boy&girl, are career badges stapled into their brand of being one of the city’s finest.

With “producer” also in their zeitgeist of titles, they have created the wildly successful event Broadway In The Dock and their Christmas cabarets Daveta Watch Out & O Night Divine.

Josh’s acting credits include LEGALLY BLONDE (Emmett), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II), SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), HAIR (Hud) & SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Man 1).

Their main goal in life is to work constantly enough to buy Starbucks Gingerbread frappucinos at any time of the day.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ÙMBRIEL

ÙMBRIEL

ÙMBRIEL

 
Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival and Metro Arts

Flamboyant, sexy and brilliant. ÚMBRIEL is an electronic, art-pop powerhouse once described as “Like Enya on Steroids.”

Guaranteed to seduce you with their flamboyant performance, technical brilliance and vivid expression. This is the sexiest dream you can have with your eyes open.

Join ÙMBRIEL for a dreamy music experience where string quartets battle industrial synthesizers, and a voice that shines through from another realm, incandescent in its ability to grow, to strike, to pierce, and to mend.

With influences spanning from Nina Simone, to Kate Bush and Bjork, ÚMBRIEL blends orchestral nuance with pop appeal. This is freak-pop at its sexiest, dreamiest best.

 

“… a theatrical and hyper-sexual slice of sonic brilliance.” – Happy Mag

DATE

Fri 29 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $32*
Groups 6+
$32*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 14+

Photo by Jade Ellis

THE ARTISTS

ÚMBRIEL

ÚMBRIEL is a musician and performer whose process and work participates within myriad modalities and styles, blending orchestral theatricality, erotic depth, and pop appeal with industrial grit.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.  The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information.